Norway Structured Development and Clear Vision

The most impressive presentation during the coach training, was the Norwegian one. So good content and fantastic presentation by Roy Johansen (National team coach) and his colleague from Olympic coaching team.

Roy Johansen Norway Hockey
Roy Johansen to the left

Norway started their development by thinking of, what are the best teams / nations doing? What does the best hockey (floorball) player do, what skills do they have, and what skills are they masters of?

Then they continued with working with their own team identity, who are we? What can we be best in? What can we control? Can we chase the other team all over the rink?

As an output from this, Team Norway could get some answers and identify areas to focus on. The key area was the answer to the questions, What can we be best in? What can we control? We can be physically prepared.
Therefore they
– Created a physical training development stair, with defined levels of, what is world class.
– Started an “Ironman” competition for all players and teams, that is run before the season starts.
– Defined their way of playing hockey (floorball)
– Defined team values, or valuing words to describe wanted behavior within the team.
– Set goals short and long term

Team Norway Hockey, Victory over Latvia during World Championships 2012

“Extreme goals – Requires extreme process”
/Team Norway

To be continued…

4-1 System / Set Up Russia

I wrote earlier about the Swedish 2-2-1 set up and quite aggressive forecheck, if you then look at the World Champions in hockey Russia, you find almost the opposite, very defensive 4-1 or V set up. When the forecheck is started they have almost a 2-2-1 set up, that is transferred to a wall or trap when they stop the attack from the opposite team. Not maybe fully transferrable to floorball, but I hope this post still will create some thoughts outside the box…

Russia 4-1 system, set up, tactic in Hockey / Floorball

Game Tactics Sweden

In the International Coaching Education, during the World Championships in Sweden, we had the opportunity to listen to the Swedish National Hockey team coach, before each game.

“We want to play with full control (puck / ball possession) towards the offensive zone, and in the “zone” we try to go straight towards the goal, P1 goes in front of the goal and P2 seeks up the rebound area. We also try to stay in the way of the goalie and steer the shots. Other areas we focus on, are to “win the inside” in 1-1 situations. You can say that, the more skilled players you have the less we talk about how, it’s more about what.”

Roger Rönnberg Swedish National Team Ice Hockey Sweden

/Roger Rönnberg, Swedish National Team Coach in ice hockey

Floorball Formation / System / Tactics

In the International Coaching Training, during the World Championships in Sweden, we also had the opportunity to listen to the Swedish National Hockey team coach, before each game.

Before the game against Russia, the team formation or system was discussed. Earlier Sweden have been playing 2-2-1 with defined or static roles, and with the mindset of putting pressure when the timing is correct. Since the statement “when timing is correct” can create confusion, he system has been changed, and the valuing part of “when it’s correct time” has been removed.
Today Sweden play 2-2-1, but player 1 in top will always put pressure and the roles are not static, the most offensive player will take the role of being P1 and the player that puts the pressure imediately, the other forwards will then adjust and take the two other roles P2 and P3.

2-2-1 Floorball system, tactics, set up

 

Floorball Game Drills – New set of Practices

Floorball game drills, here you will find 325 floorball game drills to cover up that part of your floorball practice. You will find a short description below each floorball game drill, or you just follow the numbering of the floorball players.

You can make the floorball game drills easier or more advanced by adding (defensive players) or removing players, moves or passes. By combining two floorball passing drills or adding a theme to a floorball drill you get new drills and challenge your players to develop. It’s although important to give time to you players to get the basic floorball passing skills in place first. I hope the floorball game drills will help you and your team and develop your floorball players.

Floorball Game Drills Practices

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Floorball 2 vs 0, 2 vs 1 and 2 vs 2 practices

Salibandy peliharjoitukset pelitilanneharjoitukset 2 - 0, 3 - 0

Floorball game drills 2 – 0 (left)

Floorball practice to the left is started up with P1 moving forward with the ball, turning into the centre. P2 runs towards the goal and receives a diagonal pass from P1. P2 shoots the ball into the goal and P1 goes for a possible rebound.

Option 1 to the 2-0 floorball practice

P2 continues his/her running to the other side/post, and creates space for P1 to move in to the other border, P1 takes a shot or passes the ball to P2, who then will put the ball in goal.

Option 2 make the floorball practice 2-1

Add a defensive player to the floorball drill who will join the situation from the right corner or start from the middle.

Option 3 make the floorball practice 2-2

Add two defensive players to the floorball practice, these will join the situation from the right corner and from the middle.

Option 4, develop 2 vs 2 floorball practice situation

Perform the floorball practice like in the basic set up. After the shot P1 and P2 will defend against two forwards coming from the right corner. Play 2-2 until the ball is dead, the ball is in goal, the goalie has it or the defensemen has passed the ball to P1 or P2 que.

Floorball game drills and situations 3-0, 2-1, 2-2, 3-1 and 3-2

Salibandy peliharjoite pelitilanteet 3-0, 4-0, 3-1,3-2,4-2

3-0 Floorball practice to the right

Player 1 starts the floorball practice by running with ball towards the defensemen, the defensemen moves to the border and receives a pass from P1. P1 heads for the area in front of the goal, meanwhile D1 passes the ball to P2 , P2 immediately passes the ball to P1, who will shoot the ball into goal.

Make the floorball drill to the right a 2-1 practice

The floorball practice drill is performed as in the basic set up, but you can add a defensive player from the other corner. D1 will not be part of the floorball drill after the pass, therefore the situation will be 2 vs 1 in front of the goal.

Make the floorball practice to the right a 2-2 drill

The floorball practice drill is performed as in the basic set up, but you will add a defensive player from the opposite corner and one defensive player following P1. D1 will not be part of the floorball drill after the pass, therefore the situation will be 2 vs 2 in front of the goal.

Make the floorball practice to the right a 3-1 drill

The floorball practice drill is performed as in the basic set up, but you will add a defensive player from the opposite corner. D1 is part of the floorball drill after the pass, therefore the situation will be 3 vs 1.

Make the floorball practice drill to the right a 3-2 situation

The floorball practice drill is performed as in the basic set up, but you will add a defensive player from the opposite corner and one defensive player following P1. D1 is part of the floorball drill after the pass, therefore the situation will be 3 vs 2.

2-2-1 Floorball Set up / System

2-2-1 Normal or Offensive Floorball Set up / System

2-2-1 Salibandy normaali tai hyökkäävä asetelma

2-2-1 is in my mind very easy and a simple set to use in floorball. P1 is the key on steering the opponents attacks towards one border.

You can “visually” be balanced in 2-2-1, meaning how the other teams see your positioning. But you can decide by your forecheck that you will try to force all the breakouts to just one side, so you start neutral, but you will close one side by your running and positioning.

2-2-1 Floorball Defensive Set up / System

2-2-1 Salibandy Puolustava Asetelma

2-2-1 Floorball Set up / System, checking or steering to left

2-2-1 Salibandy oikealta ohjaus vasemmalle

By deciding to move players forward on one side (right in example), you will force the other team to make their breakouts on one side, this way you can limit at least some breakout options for the opposite floorball team. It’s a bit risky but at least you will be aware of it.

By strengthening one side or almost closing it, you can also confuse the other team, since many of the set ups are very balanced. Of course you should try force the other team to play up on their weak side or on your own strong side.

2-2-1 Floorball Set up / System, checking or steering to right

2-2-1 Salibandy vasemmalta ohjaus oikealle

Floorball Breakout Practice

Break outs in floorball tend sometimes to be a bit static, at least in my “hockey” eyes. Three players are passing the ball to each other in a triangle near own goal and after a while a long pass on chance towards the two top forwards. This is visualized in the floorball game picture below. The opposite team is just passive and can easily keep a correct positioning.

Breakout Floorball passing triangle

Do you recognize the set up? Do you agree?

Floorball breakout option with more movement involved

What if… we start to be more active, move a little bit more and force the opposite team to do the same…

Breakout option in floorball

D1 passes the ball to D2. D2 starts to move towards the border, D1 moves into the position of D2, D2 passes the ball to D1 in centre and continues the running towards the border. P1 runs into the centre and either the opposite teams offensive player will follow him to the middle and we have a free space for a pass to D1 (pass B). If the opposite player decides not follow P1, P1 will be free in the middle (pass A). The two top forwards will switch positions and create confusion for the defensemen on how to act.

The next passing options will be:
If A then A1 or A2 (or D1 at border, not visualized in the drawing).
If B then B1 or B2.

Could this work, what do you think?

1-3-1 Floorball Set up / System

1-3-1 Floorball normal or offensive set up / starting positions

1-3-1 Salibandy Normaali tai Hyökkäävä Asetelma

1-3-1 has received a lot of criticism for being a defensive set up, at least in hockey. I would not say that, it depends on how you are using the system.

1-3-1 Defensive Floorball Set up / System

1-3-1 Salibandy Puolustava Asetelma

One really defensive example from hockey, Tampa Bay Lightning in NHL (blue jerseys)

1-3-1 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL - Floorball example

Philadelphia Flyers even stopped playing for a while and nothing happened… Use 1-3-1 in an offensive way and it will be a fantastic floorball set up, at least in my mind.